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With summer break being just over two months long, there are endless opportunities for adventure! Several girls at Academy are using the summer as a chance to explore new horizons and travel to different countries. Although these girls will be in different places all over the globe, they will all make incredible memories, gain perspective, and learn things that only traveling abroad can offer.
1. Abby Morris: Amazon Rainforest
Junior, Abby Morris, is traveling to the Amazon Rainforest to study the pink dolphins. She is interested in pursuing a career in animal rehabilitation, so this will be a great opportunity to see if this is a good field for her.
“I am going to be working with scientists while I’m there. We are going to be able to listen to the sonar they emit to find prey and swim through the dark water, which I think is really cool.”
2. Claire Obeck: Bahamas
Claire Obeck, a sophomore, is taking a family trip to the Bahamas. The Obecks love to be outdoors, fishing, snorkeling, and boating.
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She explains, “I love going to the Bahamas because we always have a great time there and make great family memories. The water is so pretty and the people are really nice, too.”
3. Olivia Porcaro: Italy
“I am so excited to spend time with by brother, Ryan, in Italy. I can’t wait to try gelato and other Italian foods. This will be my first time to Italy.”
4. Emily Abdoney: Tanzania
Emily Abdoney, a Freshman, is going on a mission trip to Africa with her family. There, they will be running a soccer camp for kids, painting, and teaching Bible lessons.
“I’m really excited about Africa because I think it is going to be life changing experience. I think it is going to be really cool to explore the surrounding area and see what their culture is like.”
5. Audrey Dunn: Costa Rica
“I think Costa Rica is going to really fun because we are zip lining and hiking. This will be the first time that I’ve gone out the country with my family”, stated Dunn.
6. Gabby Mellody: Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Freshman, Gabby Melody, is going on a Caribbean Cruise through the British Virgin Islands. She will spending the most time in Tortola.
“I think Tortola will be so fun because I am going with one of my friends and I love snorkeling. I’ve never been, but I heard it is really pretty.”
7. Shannon Flaharty: England, Ireland, France
Shannon is going to Europe for a dance competition, but they are making a family vacation out of it, too.
“I am really excited to go dance in Europe and meet other dancers there. I have been looking forward to it all year!”
8. Bella Kirkpatrick: South Africa and Dubai
Sophomore, Bella Kirkpatrick, is going to South Africa and Dubai this summer, so she is really going to be exposed to other cultures around the world.
“I have been to South Africa before, so I am happy to go back!” She adds, “We are going to Dubai because it is part of my sister’s graduation gift and she has always wanted to go there.”
Summer is the perfect time to take flight and experience global settings.